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8 Ways a #Mentor Can Help You Win Right Away

I have been a business coach for almost six years and I hear the same question all of the time, “How do I make it, and will I be successful?”

I am always hesitant to answer that question because truthfully, there are a whole bunch of reasons why some people accomplish everything they put their mind to and why some people don’t. But, there is one thing that every successful person has in common, and it’s that they don’t reach their goals on their own.

Business could be booming or it could be slowing down, but the first step in your plan should always be to find a mentor.

Over the last half of a decade, I have helped people move their business forward, resolve problems, and completely change their industry focus. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at in your career path, or what growth stage your business is currently stuck in, a business mentor can provide a few different benefits that are essential to your success.

They are a levelheaded sounding board. Every business owner I have ever met; mentally lifts the Statue of Liberty every single day. A mentor can help alleviate some of that mental work. They are there to listen to your concerns, your ideas, and ask you questions to get you thinking in a different way. Consider it therapy for the entrepreneur.

They keep you accountable. A big struggle for young professionals and those branching out on their own is their ability to stay personally accountable. A mentor is someone that you have to answer to; they will hold you responsible to what you have made a commitment to achieve.

Help you stay focused on what’s important. It’s important to find balance, and as an entrepreneur that can be difficult. You need the time to renew and regenerate so that you can stay mentally and emotionally energized.

Keep you organized and productive. Having a scheduled appointment once or twice a month can keep you on track, especially if you know someone is going to ask what you’ve finished over the past few weeks. Having someone checking on your to-do list will make it much harder to justify procrastination.

They allow you to be better to your own clients. With a mentor or business coach, you feel emotionally supported in your business. When you feel supported, it makes it much easier for you to more efficiently prop up others.

Help you implement what you’re learning. It’s easy to take the notes and file them away for another time, but a mentor or coach can give you a plan that will help you implement what you’ve learned.

They increase your access to resources and network contacts. This is possibly the biggest ROI when it comes to a business coach or mentor. When you hit a crossroads in your business career, they will know who to put you in touch with. This industry experience and network size is invaluable to someone new to the industry, and will have you achieving your goals much faster than you would trying to do that networking on your own.

They are a cheerleader who is driven by their motivation to you. Working as a mentor and doing coaching sessions are some of the most motivating experiences that I can have on a day-to-day basis. There is absolutely nothing more inspiring to me than watching someone achieve his or her goals.

Sign me up for a mentor, I need one right now!

I am a true connector and I love helping people achieve the success that they dream about. Whether it’s introducing you to the right people, or helping you focus your business, I am motivated by your success.

Whatever mentor or business coach you choose, your head, heart and bank account will thank you.


#MotivationMonday – From the Best Salespeople of All-Time

On Monday mornings, we all need a little bit of get up and go. Sometimes it helps to hear it from some of the best business minds of this generation and past. Get geared up for the week this morning!


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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Steve Jobs


Perhaps one of the most famous and influential people on our list, the man who changed the technology sector forever; Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs was probably best known as the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.; CEO and largest shareholder of Pixar Animation Studios; a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar; and founder, chairman and CEO of NeXT Inc.

He is widely recognized as the pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970’s along with business partner, Steve Wozniak.

Jobs spawned the “Think different” advertising campaign in 1997, developing a line of products that would later have larger cultural ramifications than anyone could have imagined. This campaign introduced the iMac, iTunes, Apple Stores, the iPod, the iPhone, the App Store, the iPad, and the reintroduction of Mac OS X.

At the time of his death in 2011, Jobs was widely regarded as one of the leading influencers of our generation and had a net worth of $6.7 Billion.

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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Nadine Rowlands


Nadine Rowlands is a direct selling expert working with Avon cosmetics. Her enthusiasm pushed her to be one of the firm’s most celebrated salespeople.

After leaving a secretarial job that was not helping her reach her financial goals, Nadine joined Avon with the ambition to pay off her debt, which amounted to about $47,000. Her own hardwork, as well as the help of her husband had her bringing in almost $193,000 a year.

After living in debt, the 44-year old managed to build an Avon sales team that has her making almost as much annual as the British Prime Minister, affording her family the lifestyle they have always dreamed about.

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3 Ways to #Mentor Your #Millennials to Success and Retain Young Talent

The often-talked-about generation is starting to graduate university, and employers seem to be struggling with keeping young talent. What is it about Millennials that we do not understand? In 2020, they will make up 50% of the workforce, and five short years after that it will be almost 75%. Isn’t it about time we figure out what to do with them?

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Millennials come from a generation of helicopter parents and have an almost unreasonable need for feedback. But, you can’t complain because we created that problem.

Millennials are no longer satisfied with a healthy pay cheque and benefits; instead they want their work to be personally fulfilling. Millennials crave the opportunity to make personal connections in their professional life and are constantly looking for mentorship opportunities.

The trouble that our generation is having is that as much as Millennials say they crave that mentor-mentee relationship, they just aren’t receptive to traditional styles of coaching.

So how do you mentor a Millennial?

 Let them teach you. I am always asking my Social Media Manager how I can post a photo to Instagram, what filter should I use, or what she thinks of a new app. Giving a Millennial the opportunity to teach you something gives them some insight into the executive level of the business in a way that is not intimidating or overwhelming.

As always, there are plenty of times that she has come to me for advice in return and we have had plenty of “Employee Therapy” sessions, so this mentor-mentee relationship is mutually beneficial.

They love figuring things out as a team. If nothing else, Millennials are definitely well connected. They are in constant contact with each other and always moving forward on the newest social media trend. When is the last time you sent a Snapchat to one of your friends, or left an Instagram comment? They are always talking to each other in one-way or another.

They are a constant sounding board for one another, which is what makes group-mentoring opportunities so valuable. Giving Millennials the opportunity to work it out together is a great way to take some of the onus off of individual mentors and let them figure it out for a change. They’ll come back to you with what they’ve learned.

Not everything needs to be life-long. While Millennials appreciate all of the career guidance they can attain, it doesn’t need to be a long-term thing. Millennials are attention sponges, and one of the generations who excel in taking EVERYTHING in (whether you mean to give them that stone to carry or not).

It could be a manager, or a co-worker. In any job position, whether it’s long-term or short-term, they have the ability to learn from the feedback and experience of their senior associates.

According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, the need for a constant stream of feedback and their attitude that success should come in a hurry isn’t really a surprise. But it’s not something that is completely unmanageable. Millennials have been driven to succeed by their parents since birth, and have been competing with each other for just as long, be it for spots in top academic programs or those all-too- competitive paid internships.

For a generation that grew up in one of the most uncertain times in North American history, it’s natural that they have a bit of anxiety when it comes to their future.

Gen X’er journalist Rick Newman described Millennials best as, “cynical, untrusting, and mercenary” because they have been told those are the traits needed to survive.

We, as their mentors, can combat those attitudes by providing them with professional coaches and role models who are inspired by the success of others and go through their professional life with integrity.

We all have the urge and motivation to learn and grow. Collaborating with a business coach or mentor is one of the best ways to make sure that you are reaching your peak potential. Take the anxiety out of your career path.

Sign me up for mentoring.

Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Jill Konrath


Jill Konrath is an American sales strategist, speaker, and author who is best known for her writing.

After leaving her career as a high school teacher, she got a job in sales at Xerox. This moved her into computer sales, before starting her own sales consulting firm Leapfrog Strategies in 1987. She has also been a leading online resource for women who pursue careers in sales and marketing.

Konrath was named to the Sales Lead Management’s Association’s lists of the 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management from 2009-2012. She is considered a thought leader in the Sales and Marketing industry. Her stellar track record with clients like IBM, Microsoft, and Staples, paired with her unwavering passion for building business has made her an internationally recognized expert.

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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Donald Trump


Regardless of whether you like this man or you hate him, admire him or despise him, you know who he is and what he does. Donald Trump is an American real estate developer, television personality, business author and candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 Presidential Election. Trump’s career, branding efforts, lavish lifestyle, and of course, his outspoken, brash nature has helped catapult him to celebrity status in the United States.

After taking over the family real estate business, Trump renamed his father’s firm the Trump Organization and has since branched out into almost every aspect of business from real estate to entertainment. Trump has licensed his name and likeness for the development of many real estate projects.

In 2015, Forbes estimated his net worth at $4 Billion, but a financial statement from Trump places him at a comfortable $8.7 Billion. Of that, $3.3 Billion is represented by licensing deals and branded developments.

After stepping into the 2016 Presidential Race, Trump has solidified himself as a front runner as the Republican Candidate according to public poll for his outspoken nature and determination to make America great again.

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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Zig Ziglar


Zig Ziglar is best known for his rousing speeches and motivational messages. Ziglar was successful in sales because he not only sold his own form of inspiration, but also aspirations of success to his customers.

Ziglar revolutionized modern sales with rousing messages and used his aptitude to motivate the masses to encourage sales in prospective customers. He encouraged others to embrace a lifetime of learning in order to find the triumphant success that they were looking for.

Ziglar started his career working as a salesman in a succession of companies. By 1968, he became the Vice President and Training Director for the Automotive Perfomance company in Dallas, Texas.

At the age of 86, the World War II veteran, motivational speaker and world renown author was worth upwards of $15 million.

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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Ron Popeil


We’ve all heard or used the catchphrase, “But wait there’s more!” never knowing the man who started it all. Ron Popeil is an American inventor and marketing personality, probably best known for his appearances in infomercials and his direct response marketing company Ronco.

Coming from a family lineage of inventors, Popeil started his career selling his father’s kitchen gadgets before branching out on his own in 1964, when he became a direct competitor to his father Samuel in the same retail stores.

He is best known for his gadgets such as the Chop-O-Matic, the Electric Pasta Maker, Beef Jerkey Machine, and the Showtime Rotisserie & BBQ. Upon his retirement in 2005, he sold Ronco for $55 million, while still staying on as an inventor and spokesman.

Popeil’s success in marketing and infomercials has led to many pop culture appearances on shows like Sex and the City, X-Files, and even King of the Hill. He has been referred to as one of the Top 25 People Who Have Changed the Way We Think About Food.

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Top #Salespeople of All-Time: Ruth Handler


Ruth Handler was an American inventor and business woman. Her most famous invention is something that is in almost every home across America, the Barbie.

Ruth’s husband and his business partner formed a small company manufacturing picture frames, calling it “Mattel”. This was the basis for the popular toy company today after they began using the scraps from the manufacturing process to create dollhouse furniture. They found this more profitable than the frames, and concentrated on toy manufacturing.

When on vacation in Germany, Ruth noticed a gag gift that she later reworked into the original Barbie design after noticing the limitations that young girls had playing with paper dolls. While the Barbie doll was not an immediate success, Mattel invested heavily in TV commercials and ad campaigns, launching both the product and the company into fame and fortune.

Today, Mattel has over 28,000 employees with a net worth of $5.9 Billion commanding a dominant 17% share of the Toy market.

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